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    Collaborative consumption is dead, long live the real sharing economy

    A rule of thumb on Wall Street is when national magazines discover a trend, the trend has peaked, and there’s only one way to go: down. Unfortunately, that’s beginning to happen to “collaborative consumption” (or “the sharing economy,” if you wish). When I first became aware of it in 2009 I saw it as a part of a movement of movements rising from the grassroots to give ordinary people the tools needed to take control of…
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    What can be learned when sharing leads to failing

    My sharing economy startup, neigh*borrow, was an obvious idea. There were hundreds of doodads in my apartment that I only used once in awhile — wrenches, power drill, vacuum, vegetable peeler, and camera. My building held 300 units whose occupants I figured were in similar straits. And my New York City neighborhood had 20 such buildings, all within a short walk. In my view, a big building packed with people (population density) plus redundant ownership of material possessions and close…
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    Hate in the sharing economy: “Any new business is always threatening to someone”

    I’ve read way too many articles on the sharing economy that contain the words “Everybody wins!” That’s not precisely true. Sure when you make money off of the idle car sitting in your driveway while a neighbor gets to use only the amount of car he wants, the two of you win, as does the platform connecting you. But there are entire legacy industries that lose and, man, do they hate the sharing economy. They really, really hate it. I…
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    Maestro Market adds one more thing to the sharing economy: Consultants

    So your son is at that age, and it’s about time you told him about the birds and the bees. You’re dreading it. Maybe you could turn on HBO and let him watch “Girls,” but that could scar him for life. Or you could buy a book. Or there’s a site that offers real-live humans to help you out. San Francisco-based Maestro Market, which gives users access to consultants in different niche areas, today announced a partnership with Palo…
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    Stream Nation lets users upload movies for their friends to “borrow.” Is that copyright infringement?

    It’s legal to let a friend borrow a DVD from your personal collection. But what if you upload that same movie to the Web and let your friend stream it? That’s the legal gray area explored by Stream Nation, a service allowing users to upload the movies they own, whether they’re on DVDs or hard drives, to one central hub so they can be streamed on any device. The kicker is, users can also let a friend “borrow”…
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    Does money taint the sharing economy?

    There is a lot to like about the sharing economy. “Un-jobs” are being created! People are able to scrape together a boss-free living as part of the new distributed workforce. And companies like TaskRabbit, RelayRides and Airbnb are taking previously idle resources and recycling them back into the economy. But there is a larger, more philosophical rub to all this feel-good sharing economy fun. And that is the fact that these startups didn’t invent sharing. They’ve merely tacked a…
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    SXSW ride services encounter the paradox of free

    The concept of free is so sweet you can almost taste it. Take a minute to savor each delicious letter. F. R. E. E. It would be all well and good, if it weren’t for that wicked aftertaste. Free social networks are great, until the companies that provide them cross the invisible line of user privacy and encounter the inevitable consumer – and sometimes congressional – outcry. The same is true of free-to-play games and freemium software, that are beloved…
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    BandPage launches “Experiences” to let artists charge for quality time with the band

    The record labels and streaming music services haven’t ended the standoff over licensing agreements. And the capacity for artists to make money in a digital economy is still a big question mark. But BandPage, the company known for powering artists’ online music profiles, thinks it has one answer. Today, the company introduced BandPage Experiences, which lets fans pay for interactions with bands. For example, instead of just selling an album or t-shirt or concert ticket, a band could…
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    The sharing economy platforms would like you to know that it is not just for coastal hipsters, okay?

    Ordained members of the sharing economy, such as Etsy, Airbnb and RelayRides, appreciate the press coverage. Really, they do. Except when that one inevitable piece of criticism comes up. You know, when a story like this, or this, dismisses what they’re doing as only working for coastal hipsters. Or worse, yuppies. Those three companies defended themselves against that stereotype, and in a way, the entire ecosystem of sharing economy startups, on a panel at SXSW today. The median…
  • VIDEO: The heads of Airbnb, AngelList, and Etsy share the secrets of the sharing economy

    Collaborative consumption. The sharing economy. Using other people’s stuff. Whatever you call it, the trend is taking hold across a number of industries, from transportation to travel to cooking. But is the sharing economy all it’s cracked up to be? Airbnb’s Brian Chesky, Etsy’s Chad Dickerson, and AngelList’s Naval Ravikant sure think so. Okay, so they might be a bit biased, but the three of them do more than cheerlead in the video below. They explain in easy-to-understand language…
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    Will the real “sharing economy” please stand up?

    Over the last year, every publicationeverywhere has discovered the sharing economy. (Truly, e v e r y o n ee v e r y w h e r e.) They are correct that there is a new economy on the rise. This new economy — the sharing economy — is based on distributed workforces. And some vague notion of “sharing.” We have car sharing, skill sharing, stuff sharing, labor sharing, and home sharing. Examples include TaskRabbit, Zaarly, GetAround, Lyft,…
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    Getaround cofounder: People are “on the cusp” of embracing car-sharing

    This is the state of the union around car-sharing, according to Getaround cofounder Jessica Scorpio: “People are on the cusp of tipping over to access over ownership,” she says. By that, I think she means it’s not quite there yet, and that could be a treacherous route to drive for any business if it doesn’t have investors and team members with the fortitude to see it through. (In Getaround’s case those investors are quite splashy: Menlo Ventures, Marissa Mayer, and David Sachs,…

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